IDEA SUBMISSION PORTAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This idea submission portal is run by Philip Morris Products S.A. and its affiliates, including its parent company Philip Morris International Inc. (referred to collectively as "PMP") and PMP's subcontractors assisting it in the running of this portal and/or the review of your Idea (including yet2 com Europe Ltd.) (hereinafter the "Subcontractors"). These terms apply to your submission of information, data, a proposal, an idea, a concept, a suggestion or anything relating to the foregoing (collectively, the "Idea") to PMP and its Subcontractors utilizing the submission portal available through www.pmi.com, including any responses to communications sent by PMP or its Subcontractors relating to your Idea.

BINDING AGREEMENT: By clicking the "Accept" button below, you indicate that you have read, understand, and agree to the following terms and you enter into a binding contract with Philip Morris Products, S.A. on those terms.

FUTURE AGREEMENTS: PMP's submission portal is intended to provide an opportunity to introduce yourself and your Idea to PMP. It is possible, but by not guaranteed or required, that this interaction (including your Idea) will lead to any business relationship.

NON-CONFIDENTIAL: You agree that the Idea and anything else you submit to PMP and its Subcontractors regarding the Idea is not confidential (whether or not it is marked "confidential"), may be shared by PMP within its organization and with the Subcontractors and other third parties, and PMP and its Subcontractors have no duty or obligation to hold it in confidence.

REPRESENTATIONS: You represent that:

  • You are 18 years old or older;
  • To the best of your knowledge, you solely own the Idea (or you are the authorized representative of the sole owner) and have all rights needed to send it to PMP and its Subcontractors;
  • You have not entered into any agreement with anyone else regarding the Idea (such as an agreement to sell any rights in the Idea)
  • Neither your Idea nor your submission of the Idea to PMP and its Subcontractors violates applicable law or the rights of any third parties; and
  • There are no claims or disputes relating to the Idea.

SUBMISSION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: You acknowledge and agree that PMP and its Subcontractors will collect certain personal information from you, including through the form by which you submit the Idea, that PMP and its Subcontractors may use to evaluate the Idea and to contact you in regards to your Idea. PMP is under no obligation to contact you or to return to you any documents or materials that you submit to PMP.

INDEPENDENT CREATION BY PMP: You acknowledge that PMP may independently have already developed, be in the process of developing, or at a future date develop ideas and concepts similar to the Idea. You have no cause of action arising out of this agreement against PMP for such independent creation.

IP RIGHTS: By submitting the Idea to PMP and its Subcontractors, you:

  • Do not assign any intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights in or to the Idea (collectively "IP Rights") to PMP or its Subcontractors;
  • Agree that PMP and its Subcontractors may evaluate your Idea, you grant PMP a limited right under your IP Rights in and to the Idea as necessary for PMP and its Subcontractors to evaluate your Idea, and YOU WAIVE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST PMP AND ITS SUBCONTRACTORS FOR THEIR EVALUATION OF YOUR IDEA;
  • Acknowledge that you may lose your ability to file a patent application or obtain other legal protection in respect of the Idea and YOU WAIVE ANY CLAIM AGAINST PMP OR ITS SUBCONTRACTORS IN THIS REGARD. You may wish to consult a patent attorney prior to submitting the Idea to PMP to obtain independent professional advice about obtaining intellectual property protection for the Idea. You acknowledge that PMP is not providing you with legal or commercial advice in relation to the Idea.

NO GRANT OF IP RIGHTS TO PMP: By submitting the Idea to PMP, you are not granting any rights in relation to IP Rights to PMP, other than for the purpose of evaluating the Idea.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT: You agree that these terms constitute the whole and only agreement between you and PMP, and that these terms supersede any prior agreements, arrangements or understandings, regarding the Idea. These terms may only be amended by a signed, written agreement between you and PMP.

GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES REGARDING THESE TERMS: Your Idea is deemed to be provided to PMP and its Subcontractors in Switzerland. The laws of Switzerland apply to these terms without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. The court of Neuchâtel, Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms.

PRIVACY POLICY: You acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms of the Privacy Policy available at the following website: http://philipmorrisinternational.yet2.com/res/privacy.jsf. This Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference and is an integral part of these Submission Portal terms and conditions.

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